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post #1 of 7
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Ok, so I have been fed up with my processor running idle at 60C so I decided to dust my heatsink and reapply thermal paste. I clean it off and put a good amount of the compound on (MX-2), and I dust the crappy stock Intel heatsink and I put it all back on. I boot up and everything seems to be running fine. I open Speedfan to see what my temps are like and I see almost no change at all. If anything it has gone up. I also notice that the cpu is constantly fluctuating in activity which it wasn't doing before. The temps now are between 59 and 65C, sometimes jumping to 70C with NO LOAD! Help!!! what do I do?!?!
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if your using stock intel cooling, chances are that there is not enough pressure onto the CPU, as they have a really bad mounting system. go buy a cheap $10 cooler and you will fine.
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Ya, I was thinking there might not be enough pressure, but before it was running 60C with dried up crusty thermal paste (The mobo/cpu was a hand me down so I didn't do anything with cpu till now) I am planning to upgrade when I find a good deal on a new processor and a mobo, but till then I don't want to spend any more. Is there any way to get it on tighter?
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I agree with above. When it comes to the ISC (Intel Stock Cooler) its a luck of the draw thing. Anything that has a fan and is meant for your socket other than the ISC will be better.


I would also check the flatness of the chip and HS surface. Could have been a dip somewhere on one side and the other, and maybe...just maybe you did not place it back just the same way and those dips met up?


Its plausible...
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 4/15/11 at 10:15am
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Alright, I'll look into getting a new heatsink. I may have one sitting around somewhere that is better than this. Thanks for the help!
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Just to get by right now. I would pick up this e6300 LGA775 Processor from off the forums and this Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro. Pentium 4s were notoriously hot running. Not only will the upgrades above lower your temps but will also give you a boos to your performance.
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I may consider the Freezer 7 Pro, but I am planning to upgrade to i5 when I find a good opportunity. I also toyed with the heatsink a little more and managed to get a better contact and temps to about 48-50C idling which is much better than before.
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